Bangladesh: International Framework for Court Excellence
   

In October and November, 2015, Court Excellence Volunteers from four U.S. States traveled to Bangladesh to provide training and technical assistance to judges and magistrates in an effort to advance excellence and self-governance within the Bangladesh judiciary. 

Representing the four U.S. States, were Judge Norman Davis, General Jurisdiction Trial Court, Arizona; Ms. Sally Holewa, State Court Administrator, North Dakota; Ms. Joan Bishop, Director of Judicial Branch Education, New Hampshire Supreme Court; and Ms. Pamela Kilpela, Court Administrative Manager, Minnesota. 

The purpose of the training was to help ‘Implement the International Framework for Court Excellence’ in Bangladeshi courts and promote the delivery of judicial services in an efficient, professional, and accessible manner to all citizens.

During their visit, the Court Excellence Volunteers delivered trainings on case management best practices and possible solutions to improve the delivery of court services. Trainings were designed to build the capacity of judges and magistrates to become more efficient and responsive to the needs and expectations of court users. The Court Excellence Volunteers introduced principles of case-flow management in contrast to traditional case processing. Participating judges, magistrates and court staff took the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and learn best practices in court excellence. Participants agreed that case management policy is essential to solving the backlog problem in Bangladesh. Following the training, one participant noted that, “differentiated case management could be a useful technique to categorize and prioritize the pending cases, and contribute positively to the speedy disposal of cases and reduction of the case backlogs.” 

USAID’s Justice for All Program is a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by the National Center for State Courts to improve access to justice, gender equity, and legal empowerment for Bangladeshi citizens. For more information, please visit www.justice-bd.org.